Big Changes on the Way for Navasota Intermediate

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NAVASOTA, Texas Big changes are coming to Navasota Intermediate School, after the campus scored an unsatisfactory rating for the second year.

The Texas Education Agency scored the school in August of 2013. Debbie Ratcliffe with the TEA said the school failed Index 3, the Performance Gap. According to the TEA's website, the Performance Gap includes all economically disadvantaged students, and the two lowest performing racial/ethnic groups. In 2011, the school rated academically unacceptable for African American student levels in reading, math and writing.

Navasota Superintendent Rory Gesch said because of those ratings, the school has no choice but to let the school principal and about nine other teachers go. The teachers have a chance to stay on if the meet certain criteria.

"They can individually show they have contributed to student achievement on their own that is at a higher rate their peers," said Gesch.

The remaining teachers and staff will have to reapply for their jobs. That includes office personnel.

Gesch said while the news is certainly bad, they won't let it keep them down. The school plans to make a few changes.

As of now, a different teacher is assigned for different subjects. Gesch said they want to have one teacher for every subject.

"The direction and focus is not to reduce teachers. It's that this teacher will work with fourth graders on math, english, science and social studies throughout the day," said Gesch.

Gesch said they hope to give the students more time to connect with the teachers.

"It's not about the content, it's about the relationship that teacher brings to that student," said Gesch.

Gesch said the school would also like to apply a more hands-on approach to learning, versus the old, textbook only style.